Collaborating. Telling Stories. Supporting Artists.

Navi Collaborative was founded in late 2014 out of a desire for artistic action and opportunity. We began making work in 2015 and we haven’t looked back since. At Navi we love a good story. We aim to exhilarate, excite and expand thought through the performing arts with a focus on creating original theatre and film.

WE ARE MAKERS

At Navi we holds firm to the belief that creativity begets creativity. We are a collaborative of professional artist working together to not only realise one another's projects, but to also create opportunities and hold space for other Auckland based creatives. We seek to produce original content for theatre and film and well as premiere international works that speak to us.

In the seven years that we have been producing work we have brought to life four original theatre pieces, two short films, and have premiered two existing international plays to Auckland audiences . We have also partnered with multiple Auckland based charities to bring awareness to and raise money for their causes as well as held free devising workshops for both school aged and adult creatives.

Dawn Glover Auckland actor

DAWN GLOVER - HERNANDEZ

Artistic Director

Dawn Glover is a founding member of Navi Collaborative and the acting Artistic Director. Dawn is an actor (represented by Trio Arts), singer (The Dead Travellers), writer (The Dummy, (on) WHATIPU), director (Balls, The Cheshire Cat's Smile), acting coach (Kacie Stetson Studios & Chocolate Lantern Theatre company), runner, and obsessed greyhound mum.

Dawn has a Master of Fine Arts in performance from Purdue University; she was one of seven students chosen to attend the well regarded graduate programme from 2007-2010. Dawn worked in both professional theatre and film across the US before relocating to Auckland in 2013. Since moving to Auckland Dawn has continued to grow both her acting and directing career and has begun to explore her passion for bringing the performing arts to students and adults with intellectual disabilities. This year she will be working with Oaklynn Special School to bring a show to the InterAct Festival. In 2021 she joined Equity New Zealand's Inclusivity Committee to advocate as an ally for artists with disabilities as well as for other immigrant actors living in Aotearoa.

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PREMA COTTINGHAM

Executive Producer

Prema is a passionate storyteller, whether it’s through bringing her own stories to life, or helping others to realise theirs. As an actor, director and writer she has always loved the performing arts and the collaboration and connection that is made with fellow artists and the audience. 

Prema has been a writer most of her life, but has recently rediscovered it through writing scripts for both screen and stage. The first season of (on) Whatipu was her first big project with Navi, and she has since written a couple of short films, and has another in development.

In recent years Prema has started to develop her craft as a director by: assistant directing on a number of projects, directing a short play as part of Short + Sweet, a web series and Navi’s film Waters Fall (both of which are in post-production). 

This year Prema embarked on a new adventure when she gave birth to her son. She is wearing a Producer hat for our upcoming Navi projects in 2022, so that she can juggle a baby in one hand and a computer in the other. She is really enjoying supporting Navi’s creative babies to life, backing our amazing creative team for The Potential for Rain, and seeing us make theatre magic once again after the covid hiatus we have had.

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What's on Next

Our team is gearing up to participate in The 48Hour Film Festival in August of this year. Participating in this long running and well regarded festival will allow our team to continue to develop our film making skills as well as give us the opportunity to create with new collaborators.

Follow our 48Hour Journey on Instagram the weekend of the 12-14th.

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Our Patrons Are Our Heros

Patronage through Patreon means that we can have a conistent finacial foundation to create from. Our Patrons are the heros behind every story that we tell.

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